The CW’s Riverdale premieres on January 26, and continuing our string of interviews related to the series, today the spotlight falls on Lili Reinhart who plays the role of Betty Cooper. In the comics, we know Betty as the “nice girl,” and on Riverdale she is literally the girl next door, albeit with a mom who is not too fond of her hanging out with that Andrews boy.
“There’s a lot more to Betty than just wanting to be with Archie,” Reinhart says about her character. “That’s very important for us. It was important that we set that tone for our show, that Betty has a lot more going for her than just Archie. Both the girls – both Betty and Veronica, because in the comics it’s just kind of a back and forth between which girl Archie wants which day, but in our show, it’s definitely not the case. These girls are very strong and independent women. They don’t get walked all over by Archie,” she assures.
One added depth to Betty in the TV series is that she has some issues at the Cooper household. “Betty is dealing with a lot of family problems in the show and in this season, she’s dealing with her sister who was sent away, and Betty’s trying to discover why. Certainly someone’s keeping secrets from her, and there’s a very big divide between Betty and her parents, and that’s a big arc for Betty,” Lili teases. In exploring this storyline, we will see some of Betty’s inner strength. “Betty’s strong in her own sense and you see that throughout the season when she fights against her parents to find out what happened to her sister. She’s maybe not as confident and as bold and blunt as Veronica, but she’s strong in the sense that she’ll do anything for her sister, specifically, and she’s just a really good friend,” she says.